The Chinchilla cat is a separate colour classification of the Persian or Longhair. They have a silvery looking coat, with the characteristic sparkle coming from the black or silver tips on the luxurious white hair. The kittens are born almost black with heavy tabby markings, which disappear as they get older, making way for the pure white coat colour.
The Chinchillas have large, round and emerald green or blue-green eyes. Their body is not as stout as other long-haired cats. Their delicate colouring and fairy-like appearance belies the fact that they are a very hardy cat.
One of the most famous early Chinchillas was called Silver Lambkin, and it seems he was the originator of this distinctive colouring. He became quite famous, winning most of the major awards at the Crystal Palace Show in London in 1888.